Dear Readers: I have found myself becoming slightly frustrated with the industry we work in. It has come to my attention that recently that many men and women equate “health and fitness” with the having the perfect physique. Thanks to being consistently exposed to a small niche society full of fitness models who make looking ripped their career, the mass population feels pressured to look this way. The fact is popping veins and 10% body fat is not sustainable or healthy for long periods of time.
Many men and women crave competition- prepped physique all the time. Let me tell you something; not even fitness competitors and bodybuilders have this. It’s not their fault though, this is media-driven/ social media driven society that perpetuates a very limited idea of perfection. We need to fight back before we have more people suffering from eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
Yes, we should all strive for better health through healthy eating and increased activity, but is a single digit body fat percentage always a representation of that? No. A man can be perfectly heathy while eating food from good natural sources and training 5x per week and be 16% body fat. A woman can have a very nutritious diet and lift heavy 5x per week and be 30% body fat.
You can be healthy and fit without veins and popping abs.
Here are a few signs you may be taking the obsession with perfection too far: low self-esteem, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, low confidence with the opposite sex and depression.
If you have any of these and they are related to the way you look I suggest you step away from this “culture” for a while and seek a qualified therapist to help you work through it.